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Eating Disorders Awareness

The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness (PEDAW) campaign is held in British Columbia to raise awareness around prevention and early intervention of eating disorders. The campaign focuses on media literacy, resiliency, building healthy body image and self-esteem.  

PEDAW is led by Jessie’s Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program at Family Services of the North Shore.  Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses has collaborated with Jessie’s Legacy to look at the relationship between food and substance use.  Learn more about this project here. You are also invited to check out the webinar summary or recording and email Tim at if you are interested in exploring food and substance use action on your campus! 

Upcoming Events

Feb. 1-7
National Eating Disorder Awareness Week

Feb. 5 

Feb. 1-29
The Hunt to Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves! 

*Scroll down for additional Campus Events*

Get Involved

Are you a passionate, eager individual who wants to help others improve body image, reduce stigma of eating disorders, and spread awareness?  Then the love our bodies, love ourselves movement is right for you! 
  1. Become a love our bodies, love ourselves advocate!  You can participate and join in by sharing posts, images, videos, etc. through social media and using the hashtags:  #loveourbodies,  #pedaw,  #Purple4PEDAW.
  2. Join the Thunderclap and help amplify the message!  Details here.
  3. Become a guest blogger!  For more information, see criteria listed here
  4. Host your own community event!  There are a number of ideas for you to try out in your own community to help bring awareness. Download the kit here.  
  5. Create a PEDAW window display at your local library!  To get started, fill out the form here.
  6. Sign up for the quarterly Jessie's Legacy Eating Disorders Prevention Program newsletter here and click on "Jessie's Legacy" to receive updates and events on eating disorders prevention and awareness!
  7. Attend and support one of the upcoming events listed above.
View additional information and resources here >>>

Congratulations to UNBC for hosting their first eating disorders awareness campaign!

Featured Community Resources

Eat, Drink and Be Merry?
Consumption and Connectedness on Campus

Blog post by Dan Reist and Tim Dyck Blog Post

"Our institutions also need to consider how they might foster an environment that naturally brings people together and promotes sensible, enjoyable eating, as well as substance use that is both moderate and gratifying. This will not only help avoid problems but will encourage participation in the community and help create a positive sense of identity and belonging."

Read the full blog here >>>
Dinner and Dialogue Guide
Food and Substance Use Framework

National Campus Webinar

Addressing Policy Through a Wellbeing Lens

Have you been thinking about and working on the call to action to embed mental health and wellbeing in all campus policies? 

You're invited to join us Thursday, February 11th at 10:00-11:30am PST for the National Campus Webinar discussion on "Addressing Policy Through a Wellbeing Lens."

Join other practitioners, policy makers, students, faculty and staff from across Canada for a dialogue about what it means to develop and review post-secondary policies from a wellbeing lens. We will explore current practices and resources relating to this topic, as well as connect with each other to share ideas, wisdom and opportunities to collaborate in this area further.

Jonny Morris, Senior Director of Policy, Research and Planning at the Canadian Mental Health Association British Columbia Division will be on hand to moderate the discussion.
Join the online community group (a National Incubator!) to participate in additional discussions, share resources and connect with other stakeholders who are interested in improving policies that impact student mental health and substance use.
Register Here >>>
SUMMIT 2016: March 11 & 12, 2016 

Extended Deadline: Pop-up Market for Innovations

Submit a "Promising Practice" to Share 

Tell us about a promising practice, tool, initiative, resource, policy, etc that you would like Framework for post-secondary mental health to share at Summit 2016 because you think others will be interested in learning more about it. The purpose of the Pop-up Market for Innovations is to build awareness about your promising practices through a 5-10 minute "pitch" to small audiences circulating around the Market. Your task will be to quickly and meaningfully engage folks in the marketplace to look at and think a bit about your promising practice and how it might fit into their campus context.

We are looking for examples from across the continuum

Fields to be completed in the proposal application:
  • Name of the promising practice (tool, initiative, resource, policy, etc)
  • Description
  • Resource link (if applicable)
  • Why might others be interested in learning about this?
  • Please describe why you consider this to be a promising practice (e.g. it is based on evidence/theory, results have been promising based on either anecdotal or formal evaluation, etc.)
Submissions must be received by February 19th, 2016
View the Application Form >>>
Learning Environments

You're Invited! 

Building Connections: Well-being & Teaching 

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, join faculty, instructors and teaching assistants from diverse Simon Fraser University departments in sharing ideas for creating well-being in learning environments.
The event format is casual and is intended to build connections and dialogue about how teaching practices can support well-being for students and faculty. Leave with practical ideas and tools for your teaching practice. 

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Time: 10AM – 2:00PM - Drop in any time
Location: Education Building, EDUC 7608/7610
(Burnaby Campus)

Learn more here >>>
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